Add to Cart. We ended up with 7 total, two different species of them and some that were the babies of the original so we could watch them grow. The molluscs were mobile where she was not. Hi Renee, I think it’s important to be aware that snails (and all animals) have diseases. We get some pretty awesome Giant African Snails here and I’ve been meaning to keep some for the girls to watch more regularly but I didn’t know to care for them. Bury a small shallow dish in the soil – level with the soil surface- for water. The world doesn’t need any more plastic than it already has , However snails in the UK and other countries are safe to eat. For snail calcium,do eggshells work? anyways i did washed my hand right away like 3 times but since last week i been having like tension headaches , i was thinking the worst and still am but thats my anxiety cuz i have feel this way before sometimes when i over worry or when i dont get enough sleep , and thats me right now , but reading this blog and the comments it helps me a bit . They are taken cared for in their own terrariums. Race your snails. Gave her, her food and she started eating.. Last month, New York magazine’s cutting-edge consumer vertical The Strategist declared snails the perfect “pandemic pet” – not least for their ease of disposal, should the novelty wear off. “Yes, their genitalia is in their neck,” she marvels. In Australia there’s been a case of a child contracting Rat Lungworm by (they think) eating a snail. For Victoria Cottrell, a 21-year-old engineering student in Los Angeles, what began as a boredom-buster through quarantine sparked a surprisingly lucrative business. http://www.waysandhow.com Subscribe to Waysandhow: https://goo.gl/RK2SbN Pet snail. I’m not an expert on snails but I would read this website to either set your mind at ease or determine whether you should take your daughter for a check up http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Rat-Lung-Worm.aspx . Thanks, You’re welcome Christopher. Easy! not to mention taking care of them. You can share it on my facebook page if you like. I think it’s lovely that you were worried about them. Be sure to continue to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for him. What type of real plants can I put in a snail enclosure? As for mating, I haven’t bred them before, so I would suggest you search the web for that information. I must say they are very curious creatures and entertaining to watch. Snails (pets) Large plastic box / container; soil/substrate; Furnishing. She took some home and put them in an empty tank. Hi Penny, My granddaughter named him Gary. Exactly how you have it set up is what I ended up doing. Something to do with the alkaline in the copper?!?!?! I’ve never tried it. You’ll find thousands of them, and every gardener in the state will love you. (I named him Gary after Gary the snail in Spongebob Squarepants). http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/factsheets/infectious/rat_lung_worm.html, http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Rat-Lung-Worm.aspx. Learn about snails, their breeding, predators and where they fit into the food chain, « Wildlife Explorer Kit Essentials for Kids, Catching a Spider: Why you should bother and how to do it ». Oh well, we will just be more diligent washing hands in future! His name is Sorry and we live in Sweden. At school people shouted and screamed at me and my brother from looking at snails. But Cottrell was not prepared for them to reproduce: all snails have both male and female reproductive organs. or miss them? A garden snail is a small creature with simple needs. i would let her out of her tank and give her dog food on a tooth pick. Visit WF4K - Nurturing Little Nature Lovers's profile on Pinterest. I thought it would be fun to have a snail “garden” for a while, but my eldest is adement that we do not do it because “snails need to be free.” So, we won’t be having a snail garden…yet! I now have the happiest 3year old in the world. The garden snail can be a great pet. In addition, it is very easy to maintain and the kids would love checking on their little pet all the time. The side of the snail enclosure should be wiped down once a week and the substrate changed once a month. A good idea for a pet. She started to imagine the pandemic from their perspective: did they wonder where the people had gone? I’ve heard they LOVE beer. garden earth is full of chemicals possibly harmful to snails. Tonight I’m going to visit and scroll for a while. When coronavirus struck, she was able to support herself with consulting work, but she had time to fill. Many species of snail are hermaphrodite, meaning they can have both male and female reproductive organs. haha. Oh Gracie, I could imagine your boys holding them on their fingers, fascinated. The pack also includes a: If you like snails you might like keeping mealworms as pets too! How interesting Jesse. I can’t help I’m afraid, but I’m sure a vet would have some ability to answer your questions, so yes, I’d start there. Giosia, at least, does not anticipate losing interest. i am 59 and still think of her. We used regular soil from the garden and, because we had it on hand from making a wildlife-themed terrarium a while ago, I also added some sphagnum moss. Angela, Hi Angela, they should be fine for you to add in together. Add 1-2 small logs so the snails will have a place to crawl and to hide. is that fine for him? I kept garden snails for 2 years! My two girls found snail each the other day, we put them in a bug catcher and i was going to let them go after a few days, but you have convinced my to keep them, will improve their home today…also when my daughter got them out yesterday to have a play she wanted to know why they were joined together….”are they holding hands mummy”….might have more than two snails soon I think! I wonder if eating them raw provides a different type of nutrition for growth? Demand looks set to soar. Neither should earth be used from nature, because there could be nematodes or other parasites in it that could infect the snails. I really appreciate you sharing your story. The garden snail is considered a pest by farmers as it eats the stems and leaves of many crops. The plants need soil, sunlight, and water. All three of my girls have touched snails. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Is it normal/safe for snails to eat plastic? Predators. Perhaps ring around the pet shops and see if they can point you in the right direction. You can keep pet snails in a small container, providing you care for them properly and make sure they receive enough air, water, calcium and food. + 3 FREE GIFTS!~Fun/Educational/Pets. Most people try to rid their gardens of these slimy snails and slugs by buying expensive products containing chemicals that can harm not only the snails and slugs but you and your family members as well. Leroy’s arrival in her life was a “slimy little blessing” – not only for adding interest to her days, but also showing her how to pass them. On another note, Happy Mother’s Day beautiful! In our case we used a special terrarium earth bought in a pet shop. About six months ago, she came upon some snails in her neighbor’s yard and thought them “cute”. Thanks for sharing your story Faigie! Every time they all three slither slowly over and climb the steep sides of the large box and over they go into the inside. Let me know if you’d like me to have a look. I told her why get a hermit crab when I already have snails, yet she still won’t buy a bigger case. I had picked up a few shells, washed them well with soap and water, …3 times. We specialize in shipping aquarium snails all across the US! A website I visited said that they can have damp paper. I once mistakenly accused the Shasta College’s sheep of mowing down a … Thanks in advance for any information. Bad points: You will need to check it for other bugs, snails and beetles. Best, Mindi. Daughter: We have started to have pet Snails during Lockdown and they are fun to watch. I suggest using clean soil from your garden. You can’t use any soap or cleaning fluids on their terrarium either, just water. i bet kids would love watching them, never thought about keeping them as pets. And keep them!!! im glad i found this post and comments , for the last week i been really worried cuz few years ago i saw this tv show where people die cuz they ate live snails , so last week i was at my job and was doing something outside in the grass at night but there were a lot of snails in the grass i tried not to step on them but i think i step on 2 , wasnt on purpose but then i got to my knees and had to put my hand in the grass and it landed in one of the snails that i step on , so because of that and cuz i suffer from anxiety i remember the tv show and was thinking what if i got the parasite ? Each plant has different needs, so be sure to do some research on the plants you choose. I kept it to show my teenage boys and they found it fascinating and cute to watch it eat..but realistically I feel it would be better off in my back yard . It's a weird hobby, but they were fascinating. Three months ago she knew nothing about snails – “I’d never even eaten escargot.” Now she rattles off facts with enthusiasm, and even had dreams of snuggling with a giant gastropod (“it was a lonely night”). 50 Inspirational Quotes About Children and Nature. I’m sure they’d love a more permanent home for them, so will have to make them one! It’d be fun to keep for a while . It’s quite interesting. Below you’ll find all the information you need to know, including general snail care, how to care for a snail, what to feed them, and how to make a healthy snail home. Hi, Keep the substrate clean and moist at all times. I have a big garden snail, this realy helped me thanks so much! I named it Tiny. At first we’d collect him and put him back in the planter if he wandered off, and now he just chooses not to stray! Some pet shops can sell snails but I’m not certain they are the garden variety that you are looking for. I feel like this post was written for me! However, several nights later the snails seemed to be chewing on the sides of the holes. It’s important the enclosure provides a good amount of ventilation. Giant african land snail. Some families even add marine snails into their family aquariums. Also, snails need calcium to keep their shells healthy, so adding a bit of cuttlefish or dried crushed eggshells to the side of the dish is important too. But I live in Gympie, Qld and I don’t seem to have any in my yard (but everything else that eats veggies ). Such an informative post Penny…as usual i learnt a lot! “And I’ve got to say,” she says, “a mollusc is a nice companion.”. mom never said i couldnt hold her,but she said my skin salt could burn her. We have been feeding them cucumber and lettuce. You can have one of ours if you like. They are similar in size. Can the vet tell if it does Hi Rory, be sure to check out the images on this page. So i toke it home!! All Rights Reserved. Most of the snails liked me! Out of Stock. What else can we put in our snail orphanage?? Apparently I was caught eating snails in the backyard as a kid. TWO (2) Live Pet Land Snail/Brown Garden Snails. I’d suggest adding a food bowl. There is a section on this post about food. Popular snails like the Giant African Snail, Decollate snails, giant Ghana tiger snails, and margies are all illegal in the US. Hi Catherine, I’m sorry I’m not sure what you could use. Was just saying to the kids last week that we should get a new pet snail again soon…. Hi penny I found a snail ? sometimes i notice that they have a weird smell as they move around if anyone has any tips please know. And what do the plants need to thrive? After a really big storm I found hundreds of tiny snails. Perhaps most pertinently: she was lonely. But the evidence is inching slowly up her hand. If they hatch, they can actually get out of the top of the terrarium as well! I didn’t know what to do with him. 1. Keeping Pet Snails: Everything you need to know about snail care! I’ve never bred them, but I’m sure it would be a fun adventure to find out how they reproduce together and have babies. I’ve seen snails like that too. And thanks Penny for all the information that you post here, very helpful. Thanks, Nature Advent Calendar: Encourage Active & Meaningful Traditions! It is possible to keep a snail alive for anywhere between five to several years as a pet providing you take care of them. I’m not loving them in my vegie patch at the moment i have to say! “What’s nice about snails,” Giosa says, holding up Leroy on her hand to her computer’s camera, “is that they are very obvious creatures: if they don’t like something, they go into their shell.”. We just found a little snail in our garden, and we’re trying to keep it as a pet, but I see that the shell it’s very small, almost like a finger nail, it’s that normal? So glad to have found this, as my 5y twins have been loving finding snails in our garden, and keeping them in a box for a day. All rights reserved. They are so much more active than they were in the little container. I’m not certain but I’d say they might be a different species of snail. We identified a new trend: snails as pets. Your snails laying eggs means that you have very happy snails, so well done! Oh and I look forwards to seeing some Giant African Snails, hey sounds spectacular! It mainly says, if you EAT a snail so I’d be surprised if someone got rat lung worm just from a bit of its slime from their hands. ~ Pen. Price $49.95. Oh Pat, your comment warmed my heart. But I have recently discovered!!!! What a giggle. They can lay eggs in it. Will I Jode? I’m very worried. xx, Thats austrailia almost everything is trying to kill you and is dangerous so if you live in canada or america most snails are harmless, It’s a shame that’s what you hear about Australia. Eliminate the potential shelters of snails and slugs by cleaning around the garden edgings, hedges, and flower beds. They will drink the water but should NOT be able to fall in and drown. Like for real pets!! Snails are having a moment in 2020, their silvery trail stretching from TikTok, where the #snail hashtag has more than 100m views (and #snailmom, 10m); … I quickly googled to see what to feed him. Step 1: Get Some Snails. (Prints are available for purchase.). No, seriously. In Australia, there are far higher risks than a snail that MAY have rat lungworm though. Isn’t there a dangerous germ snails carry that paralysed & killed some kids last year ? Do you know someone who could sell and send me a few brown garden snails with a cream coloured foot? , Thanks so much for providing that information. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Aiyiyi, I’d never heard of them being possibly dangerous. What could we use to decorate snail shells since we got told not to use nailpolish. Well 9 months later (I only had the 1snail) I find 48 eggs. An upgrade may soon be in order. They prefer to be handled with wet hands and are more responsive. And you’ve listed some great reasons why a snail would make a great low-maintenance pet! I think it’s quite complicated Brenda. Giant African land snails are hermaphrodites, meaning they possess both the female and male reproductive organs. Snails like to hide in dark places, although some like to sit near the lid and others even under the dirt. I know it sounds silly but I just want to make sure it doesn’t make them sad. "Eobania Vermiculata" A Couple of Pet Snails (2 pcs) Price $14.95. Just had babies last week and they are so cute! The Nature Play Club now open! That same month, The Snail Hospital joined Instagram, sharing stories of injured snails on the road to recovery. It started as keeping this one to see if we could help it repair it’s shell. Relation with humans. I just rescued a young small garden snail who was drying out on a wall. I’d just love for you to hold one. They share a 12 sq in tank, kitted out with organic coconut coir, sphagnum moss, filtered water and a jade plant to climb on. Leroy, antennae waggling, is plausibly upbeat. , You can have them for a couple of weeks and then free them. To offer extra insulation, I add coconut peat sometimes. Today she has sold 57 garden snails at $8 a pop (excluding shipping). Slugs & snails are nocturnal creatures and love to thrive in moisture. We usually find ours tucked up under a lettuce leaf. On Instagram, snails have emerged not just as a source of inspiration for artists, but their subjects. There’s a few out there. sadly my mom dropped her and we buried her in the iris bed. Snails are having a moment in 2020, their silvery trail stretching from TikTok, where the #snail hashtag has more than 100m views (and #snailmom, 10m); to the New York Times, which published a “letter of recommendation” for snails as pets in July. That is a big help & eases my mind. If you have any preference, let me know in advance. You may eventually get baby snails though . Both are great substrates for snails and should be added 7 -10cm deep in the enclosure. Hi. Then about a week later I find this HUGE snail on my house, I was so exited, I had found not one but two big snails. Snails & You. My mum told me this and absolutely freaked when she seen dimples giving his blue tongue snails with his bare skin! I’ve been keeping 7 snails as pets now for half a year or so, started collecting for my small children but it seems I am the one who loves watching and playing with them the most. Made an enclosure for it and its been eating for 3 hrs now….wondering if I should release it back in my backyard? or Best Offer (2) Live GIGANTIC Pet Land Snails! So it is just as important here to follow the “wash your hands sfter handling” guidelines. Is that true? , My son loves snails and will pick them up and put them all into one container… then we watch them all escape! You need to find a good/safe location to scoop out the eggs regularly and put them so that they don’t over take one area. Garden snails are one of the easiest and cheapest pets to locate, since they are often present in large numbers eating the plants in your yard. I’m particularly not fond of them myself but I bet the boys would love them. Last modified on Tue 17 Nov 2020 16.26 GMT. I could actually feel him pulling on the apple as he ate. The hedge species, like what you have pictured, never reproduced. Basically a garden they found in almost all places of the world. He is about the size of a golf ball (or slightly bigger?) Penny… No, thank you Renee! Thanks for all the info. Snails eat fruit and veggies (avoid citrus foods) but these foods soil quickly. It makes the cleanup and addition of fresh food much easier than if you added it straight to the bottom of the tank. Caring for a pet is a great learning tool for children, but it can also create more work for busy parents and educators! I have a pet snail of my own and I don’t know what to put in it’s box. The twinlets are loving animals more and more. Will I? Garden snails are a food source for some animals like lizards, frogs, and worms. ~Milk, White Garden, Brown Striped + 3 FREE GIFTS! $500.00. We accidentally broke a snails shell. Garden Snails as Pets. i fed her veggies and canned dog food. I think snails would be great in a classroom Kate! I am amazed how intelligent our pet snails are as they always find their way back into their box after being out and about for a little while. Yeah… they are ,but I have them for the night and they have had 18 eggs. In September, artist Chloe Wise shared a photo of a tiny snail with the caption: “Friend”. It is fine to hold a snail but ensure you use proper health practices and wash you and your child’s hands straight after holding a snail.